Saturday, January 23, 2016

Live to work?

As motivational techniques go, it's certainly a novel one. South Korean firms are sending employees to the Hyowon Healing Centre to convince them that their job is better than death by making them climb into coffins. However, as the Guardian's Peter Fleming observes, "we can imagine the 'coffin exercise' backfiring, an employee refusing to ever return to the pettiness of office life after realising that her existence must add up to more than merely sending emails all day". Factor in wrestling with Excel spreadsheets and trying to find gaps in diaries to arrange meetings with even a handful of people and it's a wonder the technique works at all.

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